Jenna Quinn Lancor, East Leyden Graduate (2009)
Posted by Michael Haworth on 4/26/2022 7:00:00 AM
What business or tech classes did you take?
What degree did you get in college?
Bachelor of Arts Psychology and Masters of Social Work (MSW)
Where did you attend college?
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Who do you work for?
Head First Health, LLC
What is your job title?
Founder/CEO and Clinical Director
What do you do in your current position?
Head First Health is a group teletherapy practice specializing in supporting Millennial Women struggling with life transitions, anxiety, OCD, eating disorder and trauma.
Clinical Director role--I supervise my team of clinicians as well as seeing clients for therapy along with managing the intake of new clients.
CEO role-- I run payroll, manage our QuickBooks, look at P&Ls, create business plans, bill insurance, network, manage social media, create business documentation, streamline systems, and hire new staff.
What do you like about your current position?
I absolutely love my job! I love the variety, the constant stimulation, and time freedom. I cherish that I'm in an industry (psychotherapy) that has such a deep impact on the lives we work with.
What advice do you have for current high school students?
I didn't take business classes because I thought "business isn't for me." I commend those taking these classes. I never wanted to work in the business world--it was so contrary to the field of psychology. Now I know that business is threaded in everything we do. Imagine being independent of an employer, whether that be a side hustle, or having your own company--you need to have business acumen to fully excel.
What else do you want Leyden students to know?
1)There is a dream in your heart--hold onto that. You're important and you matter and why you're here on Earth really, really matters. There is always so much to learn, but the most important subject is YOU. Remember to take time to study it.
2) There literally is a business for everything you can possibly imagine. In HS I thought there were carved career paths, and that I had to choose one. Now I know--you choose whatever it is you want to do, and then get crafty and realize you can make that happen if you're willing to build the business skills you need to sustain your lifestyle.
3) In HS "Business" was such a loaded term for me. I thought it was out of reach-- that it was for cutthroat people who were born into money. It's not. It's honestly not that scary. Running your own business is a step by step formula like anything else out there, the main difference is you have to find the next step, vs. someone telling you what the next step is. Go for it! I believe in you!